Moreton Island: A Breathtaking Escape from City Life
Moreton Island, is the third largest sandbar in world, and can be found about 60km offshore of Brisbane (Capitol City of Queensland). The island has much to offer both in terms of adventure and relaxation.
Once on the island you will immediately relax as there are very few people, no police, and an abundance of birdlife. Walking along the island perimeter you are likely to see dolphins and turtles and at certain locations a variety of sharks. In fact during the winter great white sharks can be seen in the white water of the island; thankfully the main swimming areas on the island are free from these terrifying and awe inspiring creatures.
The island used to run a commercial whaling station, but when this was banned the whaling ships were sunk and turned into a wreck, where a reef with excellent snorkelling has formed. This can be accessed twice a day depending on tides. The wreck is fascinating to snorkel around in itself but more excitingly it is surrounded by thousands of fish, wobbygong sharks, eels, rays and sometimes turtles or dolphins.
The island also has miles of secluded untouched beaches, including honeymoon bay a beautiful bay surrounded by rocks with pristine ocean in front on it. Getting around the island can be an adventure too. You need a 4x4 to get anywhere and the road (kind of) are treacherous, yet driving along them and certain beaches can be a rush for most passengers and drivers. The island is protected due to the fact it is the 3rd largest sandbar, and as such nothing can be taken from the island, or built upon the island, and this has enabled the island to maintain is prestigious beauty.
Many chose to camp on the island and this is a great budget option for enjoying the island, however there is also the tangaloma resort on the island. This is most famed for the fact its patrons can access a private part of the beach where dolphins come into to feed and lucky residents can feed these dolphins. To get such a close up few of a dolphin is a rare treat indeed. This started as aboriginal culture, whereby a mutualistic relationship between the fisherman and the dolphins saw both parties benefit. Now sadly the aboriginal team work with the dolphins is gone, but they still come to the sight to feed. In terms of other activities sandboarding in the desert, chilling in the champagne pools or kayaking around the island remain popular options.
Moreton Island has one more treat to offer at the end of each day; and that is the majestic heavens above. Rarely can a more perfect clear sky, full of stars and possibilities be found than a night view from the beach; and for those brave enough to swim at night under the stars, movement in the water produces a phosphorescent display of avatar like light. Is there a better way to end a day? Come find out!